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Karate kids

Karate classes for kids in a happy and safe karate school



Our karate classes for children and teenagers in West Lindfield and Willoughby are super fun and super popular. 

Karate for Kids provides karate instruction for children in a safe, happy and encouraging environment where your children will be looked after by qualified staff, have fun, get fit and be active. With our karate classes they will learn self defence skills, learn how to deal with other kids at school as well as developing personal discipline and confidence while having fun and making new friends. Our classes are run by qualified and experienced black belt instructors.

Classes in Lindfield are on Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Classes in Willoughby are on Thursday


Where are we?

LINDFIELD: Karate for Kids classes are held in the Lindfield Community Hall, West Lindfield. This is a central location, at the local West Lindfield shops and a short drive from adjoining suburbs including Chatswood, Lane Cove, Lindfield, Killara, Gordon, Pymble and St Ives. Some of our students travel from Ryde, and Forestville so it's closer than you think!

WILLOUGHBY: Classes are held in the fantastically modern hall at Willoughby Uniting Church, 1 Clanwilliam Street, willoughby so we are close to Chatswood, Artarmon, Castle Cove, Lane Cove, Northbridge and Crows Nest.

How old do you have to be?

At Karate for Kids we teach children as young as 5 years old. 

Separate or all together?

Some Martial Arts schools teach everyone all together but at our karate club we run separate classes for different age groups. This seems to work best. There are no "Beginners Classes" so new kids are encouraged to learn at their own pace. Training with kids your own age is more fun and more rewarding and has a knock on effect of teaching tolerance and understanding. 

Why are we called Karate for Kids?

We are called Karate for Kids because we only teach kids. No adults in our Karate for Kids classes, ever... 

What about Teenagers?

Our Teenagers train on Tuesday nights 6.30-7.30pm at Lindfield. 

The Principal

The Principal of Karate for Kids is Sensei Caroline Manly. She's been training in and teaching Karate for 25+ years and now looks after the running of the school exclusively. The Karate for Kids instructors are all graded black belt wand have a good understanding of how to teach kids. They take their roles seriously and bring a great level of enthusiasm and fun to the classes. All of the instructors have been checked by the Department of Education Working with Children Check. 

Classes focus on... 

Parents often don't know what to look for in a school of martial arts - Should the classes focus on

To say a martial arts school only teaches Self Defence is very limiting as learning self defence skills should be seen as developing "life skills" - coping with all the things life throws at you, working with others, building personal discipline, growing in confidence and learning to be the person you were meant to be. 

The classes are...

Karate for Kids classes are dynamic and fun and they suit everyone. We never focus on any ONE thing but make sure the classes are well rounded, incorporating games and drills, fitness activities, self defence skills and basic techniques.   

Confidence boosting

The instructors at Karate For Kids will show your children how to do the techniques properly.  By joining us your children will be encouraged to learn how to do the skills properly so they won't hurt themselves or each other and they'll learn that karate is for the dojo (training hall), with other karate friends or to be used in self defence and not as a way of bullying other children at school. Sensei Caroline, Sensei Marc, Sensei Mike and Sensei Corey take this last point very seriously and promote the idea of using karate to boost kids' confidence. In every class kids are reminded that karate is to never to be used to bully other children. Using karate skills in an aggressive manner is totally against the concepts and principles taught at Karate for Kids.


Testimonial from a parent

"Thankyou Sensei very much for your kind words. My son is really enjoying his training with Karate for Kids and I have seen a huge improvement in him already. He has tried other karate schools but none of them match your ability and patience with the kids. Once again Thank you, you're a great teacher." Peter

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